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Two top sales and an exhibition of Vietnamese art

This June, Christie's is holding two Asian art sales: Art d'Asie on 13 June and Art of Asia, an online auction from 6 to 18 June, as well as an exhibition devoted to Vietnamese art to celebrate the centenary of the creation of the Indochina School of Fine Arts, featuring no fewer than nine artists including Lê Phô, Mai Trung Thu and Vu Cao Dàm.

Art d’Asie

Thursday 13 June 2024 l 10.30 AM and 2.30 PM

The Art d’Asie sale presents 246 lots of important porcelain and works of art including cloisonné enamels, lacquer and Buddhist sculptures. Highlights include a selection of extremely rare porcelain from the Ming Dynasty from the Otto Friedrich Hasse (1886-1964) collection comprising a yellow-ground blue and white ‘pomegranate flower’ dish from the Zhengde reign (1506-1521) and an important Junyao tripod narcissus bowl, Yuan-Ming Dynasty, 14th-15th century. Amongst highlights, the June sale will also offer a rare and important silver-mounted agate cup stand, China, Song Dynasty or later. All objects in the sale come from private European and French collections. From an important private European collection, we will offer a beautiful selection of early pieces including an important Han Dynasty gilt-bronze bear. The sale will also comprise a selection of imperial Ming and Qing cloisonné from a London private collection. Also imperial from the Qianlong reign (1736-1795), a rare yuzhi sou miao xian shou shuo jade book with a zitan cover comes from a private European collection. The star of our Buddhist section will be an important Malla gilt-bronze figure of seated Buddha previously in a Belgian private collection. Paintings section will present a painting depicting fishes by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) and a beautiful seascape by Lin Fengmian (1900-1991).

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China, Yuan-Ming Dynasty, 14th-15th century 

Under the base the number three (san) is engraved.

Height: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); Diameter: 21 cm (8 ¼ in.)

Provenance: Collection of Friedrich Otto Hasse (1886-1964), Bremen, Germany, acquired between the 1920s and the 1950s in Europe and then by descent.

Estimate: € 120,000-180,000


China, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Mounted on yellow brocade, comprising eight celadon jade plaques, inscriptions incised in gold, each leaf bound facing its embossing, signed Dong Gao (1740-1818).

Dimensions: 13,5 x 9,5 x 4 cm. 

Provenance: Collection of M. H. Herbert, Oxford, 1880.

With The Rosenbach Company, New York 1926.

Estimate: € 200,000-300,000

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Art of Asia

Online auction l 6 - 18 June 2024


This season's Art of Asia online sale features a diverse selection of over 150 lots, including Japanese art, Tang pottery, early and Qing ceramics, jades, and Buddhist sculptures. Notable highlights include a fine selection of Japanese art from a princely collection and an important collection of archaic, Tang, and Song ceramics from a significant European collection with esteemed provenances.

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The glue of the phoenix and the broken silk thread: major Vietnamese works from the Melchior Dejouany collection 

Exhibition from 8 to 13 June 2024


The Indochina School of Fine Arts was founded in the autumn of 1924 by two artists: Victor Tardieu (1870-1937), a French academic painter, and Nguyễn Vạn Thọ (known as Nam Sơn, 1890-1970), a self-taught Vietnamese artist. These two artist-teachers gave shape to a cultural encounter between East and West. It combines traditional East Asian knowledge and processes with European practices. These artistic worlds and their associated techniques will then feed off each other.

The eleven works presented in the exhibition come from Melchior Dejouany's personal collection, which he has built up over the last ten years. In 2012, he discovered a Vietnamese lacquer work by the artist Boi Tran. He has since developed a passion for Vietnamese art, the diversity of its techniques and the richness of its subjects, and has set out to assemble a collection that represents 100 years of Vietnamese art (1920-2020) in lacquer, silk painting, drawings, oil on canvas and sculpture. "Despite Vietnam's troubled history in the 20th century, it is the incredible delicacy of its art that makes it so special, it is the incredible delicacy, technical mastery and ode to beauty that emerges from these works", comments Melchior Dejouany.

The 9 artists presented in the exhibition are: Luong Xuan Nhi, Vu Cao Dam, Hoang Tich Chu, Nguyen Trung, Mai Trung Thu, Truong Be, Boi Tran, Nguyên Gia Trí, Lê Phô.


LE PHO (1907-2001) 

La Baignade [Bathing], circa 1938 

Gouache and ink on silk 

46 x 30.5 cm

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Art d’Asie 

Thursday 13 June 2024


Art of Asia

Online auction

From 6 to 18 June 2024


The glue of the phoenix and the broken silk thread: major Vietnamese works from the Melchior Dejouany collection 

Exhibition from 8 to 13 June 2024 

Free admission


Opening hours: 

8 Jun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

9 Jun 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

10 Jun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

11 Jun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

12 Jun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

13 Jun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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